The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

The Lord of the Rings franchise was burning hotter than the fires of Mount Doom back in the aughts, but it seems to have cooled off a bit. Sure, The Lord of the Rings Online is still putting out regular updates, but that game is showing its age at this point (LotRO is a teenager at this point, having originally launched in 2007).

And then there was Shadow of Mordor in 2014 and Shadow of War in 2017, but we’re certainly not seeing new Lord of the Rings games several times a year like we were back in 2003 and 2004.

But 2021 does have some Tolkien-inspired gaming action scheduled, though, with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. This is apparently a stealth game with a choice-based branching narrative, and it’s being compared to, of all things, Prince of Persia. IGN did an interview with several folks from Daedalic Entertainment, the studio behind the game, to get some details about how this works in practice.

According to lead narrative designer Tilman Schanen:

…the decisions you make affect the way the game feels. You always either play as Sméagol or as Gollum as the ‘dominant’ persona and that can influence animations, soundscapes, certain gameplay situations, and in-game dialogue.

You can check out the full trailer below. Unfortunately, the trailer comes courtesy of IGN, which means it has their ugly watermark all over it. Seriously, IGN, why do you still do this? What do you think this is, 2005?

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